Special Olympics Kansas Leadership and Health Conference
Join us this year for this two-day conference to gain knowledge to become better leaders and advocates for our more than 4,200 Special Olympics Kansas athletes.
Hilton Garden Inn & Convention Center
3320 S. 9th, Salina, KS 67401
Dates: October 16-18, 2021
who and why?
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Stakeholders in our program – Local Program Coordinators, Coaches, Family Members and other key volunteers. Anyone involved in Special Olympics Kansas that wants to network, learn, socialize and help us better serve our athletes!
- Have a say in the future of the organization
- Gain knowledge to allow you to be more successful in your role
- Learn more about SOKS and our programs
- Express your ideas and opinions
- Network with other family members, coaches, local program coordinators
- Interact with SOKS in a non-event setting…we’d like to get to know you!
- Feel you’re part of the bigger SOKS program not just one Local Program…you’re essential to the SOKS Family
Reservations can be made by logging on to the website at Hilton Garden Inn and entering the code SOKS or call the hotel directly at 785-309-0440 EXT 0. To receive the contracted rate of $98/night (+ taxes), the attendees should identify the group as Special Olympics with SOKS. All reservations made by September 17, 2021.
Saturday, October 16
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday, October 17
10:00am – 11:00am
Unified Leadership + Panel
Presented by Josh Alters and Chris Burt
Building from sport, Unified Leadership teaches leaders without disabilities to value and learn from people with intellectual disabilities to make changes and create environments where people with intellectual disabilities get opportunities to have meaningful jobs and roles.
11:15am - 12:00pm
Leadership Session >> “Trust” – Elaine Johannes, K-State Research & Extension
Trust in self, Trust in others and Trust in community
Health Session >> “Self-advocay in Health Care” – Kelsey Goddard, Kansas Disability and Health Program
Self-Advocacy is the confidence to speak up, make decisions, find support, and reach out to family and friends when in need.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch – Sponsored by rescare kansas west
1:15pm - 2:00pm
Leadership Session >> “Volunteer Recruitment and Retention” – Jeremie Ballinger, Director, Organizational Development, Special Olympics North America
Best practices in recruiting volunteer coaches and program assistants and then retaining them
Health Session >> “Health Minds, Healthy Bodies” – Jessica Schuttler, KUMC
This presentation will provide an overview of the dimensions of wellness and strategies for promoting mental health in particular, including building healthy relationships, practicing healthy habits, and managing stress!
2:15pm - 3:00pm
Leadership Session >> “Leadership Topic TBD” – Racquel Thiesen, Associate and Director of Community Partnerships, Kansas Leadership Center
Health Session >> “Diabetes Awareness and Prevention” – Silvia Reinhardt, Lions Club International
This presentation educates families and caregivers to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed.
3:15pm - 4:00pm
Leadership Session >> “Working with the Law Enforcement Torch Run” – Luke Schulte, Senior VP of Development, Special Olympics Kansas
This presentation will provide an overview of the LETR and how you can engage with them locally for mutual benefits
Health Session >> “Social Determinants of Health” – Unitedhealthcare
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
4:15pm - 5:00pm
Monday, October 18
9:00am – 12:00pm
- 5 Year Sports Plan
- Coaching Education
- Unified Sports at the community level
- Sports calendar
- Future Sports
- Other (Please contact Tim Rehder with suggested topics)
A Special Thanks to our Sponsors!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, click the link below!